The Feast of the Lord

  • May 3, 2016
  • #8872

Communion represents the Lord’s sacrifice, for he gave Himself to provide us with a spiritual feast of heavenly blessings.        

The Feast of the Lord

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and this past Sunday, we celebrated Communion and here’s a song for just the occasion.

Let us break bread together on our knees
Let us break bread together on our knees
When I fall on my knees
with my face to the rising sun
O, Lord have mercy on me.

This past Lord's Day, this past Sunday when we took Communion, God gave me such a special insight. We always celebrate the Lord's Supper the first Sunday of the month, but this time, our pastor used some interesting language before we took the bread and wine. When he blessed the cup and bread, he spoke of it as “the Lord's feast”, or “a feast of the Lord.” He used I Corinthians chapter 5, verse 8 where it says, Therefore let us keep the feast.” Now, I don’t know why, but the phrase struck me as odd, because “The feast of the Lord” sounds like, well it sounds a little like the buffet Ken and I recently enjoyed in Santa Barbara at a fancy hotel. There was this smorgasbord, room after room of roast beef, lamb, turkey, sushi, Mongolian barbecue, shish-kabobs, pizza, lasagna, Swedish meatballs, sweet & sour pork, bread pudding, pies, cookies, and so much more. It was way over-the-top, a sumptuous and extravagant buffet. That is what I usually think of when I hear the word “feast” – something big, something abundant.

Now, contrast that hotel buffet with the teensy piece of bread and little cup of juice you hold in your hand on Communion Sunday. It’s barely enough to swallow. The elements are so small; it doesn’t look like a feast. But that word “feast” is a great way to describe it, because the Lord's Supper is a means of grace, when we come to Him in humility, acknowledging our sins and looking for help, and when we take the bread and wine, He imparts His own strength and spiritual life and He does so with extravagant abundance. Communion really does represent something big and abundant, because when Christ offered Himself as Passover, He poured out His mercy in a huge way. His is a banquet of grace, a buffet where you find joy, peace, kindness, courage, compassion, goodness, gentleness, self-control, patience, tenderness; how about perseverance, long-suffering, endurance and contentment, pleasure and so, so, so much more; never ending. Friend, when Jesus gave Himself, He gave absolutely everything, there was no more He could give. This is what we should think of when we hear Communion described as the feast of the Lord.

But one more thing: I Corinthians chapter 5 says, “For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast.” Friend, sometime this month you’ll probably celebrate Communion. And it is a sumptuous buffet of abundant grace, but please remember the high price Jesus Christ paid for this plentiful smorgasbord of heavenly blessings.

Photo: peanutblossom.com

Music: “Let Us Break Bread Together” African American Spiritual, Public Domain.

© Joni and Friends

 

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